We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email alasdairlindsay75@gmail.com . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Readers boards

Some board photos sent in by you the readers. This is just a few of them, theres more to come so thanks for taking the time to send them in and sharing some of their history. Quite a few of the people who send photos actually are wanting to get rid of their boards, for a price ; but for some they'd never want to part with the board because it was a big part of their life when they were younger and the memories of classic rides and favourite surf spots are still vivid . Thats the way it should be.
Here's one Henry has sent in, a late 60s Bilbo CJ model by ...well CJ of course. These were down to around 8 ft long, radical in their day. I was riding my very similar CJ model last night and its just loads of fun, much lighter and more manouverable than the 60s log I took out too. If you were riding the CJ every day you could get it riding very progressively.
Not to say the log wasnt fun too, just a whole different ride.

This Bilbo was made for the Welsh shop in Swansea.

Staying in Wales, here's a Zippy Sticks by Roger Cooper, a lovely board which is owned by Jock. I think Jock would find this board hard to part with as he's had some times on it. The board was made in 1975 and Jock bought it 2nd hand in Porthcawl in '76, and then went wave hunting -
'Both It and I may have been the first duo to surf the Bay of Skaill, Orkney, along with Hosta, Traigh Ear and Vallay, North Uist in '77. We've also got great and wonderful memories of La Barre, Bidart Guethary, La Fitenia - all the way to Mundaka in '78 - 82. Still got the memory of wiping out in Geuthary one amazing day on a wave of at least x3 overhead. SHIT! I'll not forget that - ever!!'



This is a real eye catcher from the late 80s/early 90s shaped by Martin Geary for Boardwalk in Newquay. I don't know if you would say its easy on the eye, but its worth a mention because its in such good condition. It also shows what was happening in the longer board revival of the late 80s and 90s, when minimals and longboards got some acceptance again and weren't just seen as beginners boards. Longboarding began to hit new levels of performance helped by surf stars like Joel Tudor. This board is 7'11 x 20 3/4. Sent in by Steve.


You don't see General boards very often, and here's a well preserved one sent in by Rob. It was shaped by Paul JU Jury at Bude in the late 80s.


 This is a photo by Derek of a 7'4 Jolly Good by Tigger Newling, with artwork by Nancy Dinmore from Hawaii . The board was owned by Mark Rees . The Rees brothers owned quite a quiver of Tiggers' boards - see below , and you can see this board again at the front.
 Below is another of Derek's photos , holding another Rees' Jolly Good which is also in the photo above on the right hand side. Whether these boards are still surviving I'm not sure. Would be good to know if the Rees bros still have them.

This photo is from the Constantine area in the late 70s ? Im pretty sure they are all Jolly Good's apart from the red one. Where are they now I wonder

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